National League North
With financially ambitious clubs such as Darlington, AFC Fylde, FC United and Salford City all competing for the two promotion places in National league North, this particular 'Non League' league has to be the toughest to challenge in and climb out of.
When you throw in former 'Football League' members such as Stockport County, FC Halifax (well kinda) and Kidderminster Harriers into the mix too, on paper you begin to wonder which two of the seven could achieve promotion to Step 1 of the Non League pyramid.
Yet one club which maybe is flying under the radar currently in Lancashire is Chorley FC who are currently sitting in the place-off places after a fantastic start to the season so far.
We know that Nuneaton Town this season aren't a big fish in a small pond like several seasons ago and heading into the fixture they were sitting not far from the relegation places so entering the fixture we were hoping for a win at Victory Park.
Not only was I in awe at the fanbase but I was highly impressed with the Terrace stand behind the goal which had about 100 - 200 stood watching on.
The main stand housed both the home and away team technical areas, in addition to the supporters seating area. This dominated the enter length of the ground with Confectionary stands at either end. These were separate from the Social Club near the entrance which housed the bars and function rooms, also impressive.
Chorley were very disciplined throughout the game, sitting off Nuneaton and letting them have the ball until the final third were they would close down. It was this strategy just before the break were Nuneaton pressured, lost the ball and Chorley counter attacked and scored. It was a well taken, well deserved finished.
It should be pointed out that, although the floodlight porn at Victory Park is hot, the brightest of the bulbs not so much with my eyes straining to watch the late stages of the game. All in all though, I really enjoyed the experience of Chorley FC and would recommend others in the Manchester / Lancashire area to 'hop' on by.